Importance of living a happy and stress-free life

Importance of living a happy and stress-free life

Mental health problems are a taboo in every society. The discrimination associated with mental disorders, owing to the stigma surrounding them, often prevents one from opening up freely about their condition. However, the secret of leading a happy and successful life lies in fighting the prevailing stigma and emancipating oneself from the consequences of serious mental health conditions. Read more

Coming to America: Mental perils of Afghan refugees

Coming to America: Mental perils of Afghan refugees

Life in the United States has proved to be a constant struggle for Afghan refugees after being awarded Special Immigrant Visa (SIV). The SIV is awarded to people for services rendered to the coalition forces in the war. But when these refugees discover that their credentials do not count in the U.S. and they must start over, these well-qualified people often feel lost.

With many of these people being doctors, engineers and translators in their homelands, starting a new life in an unfamiliar territory in bug-infested apartments with minimum-wage jobs and lack of understanding of U.S. culture is taking a toll on their mental health. They are now dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, panic attacks and other health problems. Read more

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 1: California’s shortage of psychiatric bed impacts mental treatment

Bottlenecks in mental health services – Part 1: California’s shortage of psychiatric bed impacts mental treatment

Shortage of psychiatric beds in state mental facilities across the nation is negatively affecting the treatment of people with severe mental illness. This is forcing people suffering from mental illness to get lodged in emergency rooms, hospitals and jails while they wait for their treatment. As per experts, the practice of shifting patients with severe mental illness to other wards makes the patients receive little or no mental health service. Read more

Types of psychotherapies treating mental illnesses - Part 1: Exposure Therapy

Types of psychotherapies treating mental illnesses – Part 1: Exposure Therapy

Mental illness is not “all in the head.” It is a serious medical condition that needs immediate attention. Unlike physical injury, the intensity or the damage caused by the mental illness cannot be seen or measured precisely, which makes it more debilitating. Read more

Ways in which writing boosts mental health

Ways in which writing boosts mental health

The daily stress caused by some aspects of life in the 21st century can affect people physically and also affect mental health. Continuous exposure to stressful conditions such as one’s workplace can lead to mental health disorders such as depression or anxiety. Read more